Sorrento councilman, wife plead not guilty to making false claim from BP oil spill

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A Sorrento town councilman and his wife have pleaded not guilty to charges that accuse them of benefiting financially by falsely claiming the BP oil spill damaged their fishing boat and trailer.

The Advocate reports ( U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Riedlinger released the three-term Councilman Randy Anny and his wife, Barbara, on their own recognizance following the couple's brief initial court appearance and arraignment on Thursday.

Baton Rouge attorneys Michael Davis and John McLindon, who represent Randy and Barbara Anny, respectively, said afterward that they are eager to learn more about the government's case.

An indictment accuses the Annys of submitting a bogus $7,800 claim for damage to their boat and trailer.

The Annys each are charged with one count of conspiracy and two counts of wire fraud.

Information from: The Advocate,

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